A project to connect Interstate 95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bristol Township should wrap up this year. The $1.1 billion project has been planned for decades.
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority plans to build the $300 million Gilcrease Expressway extension project between Interstate 44 and Edison Street in Tulsa County, and work could begin this year or in early 2019. But space for toll plazas is limited, so PikePass and PlatePay transponders are being considered.
Star Systems International, based in Hong Kong, has introduced a multiprotocol radio frequency identification toll reader. The equipment is "a significant step forward, with innovative features to improve performance in the demanding roadside environment," says Chief Technology Officer Stephen Lockhart.
Robert Krol, an economics professor at California State University at Northridge, argues that variable tolls are the way to reduce congestion on the nation's roads and that President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan does a good job of removing the barriers to tolling interstates. Krol also praises the plan's focus on local control.
Denver officials have said they should be allowed to discontinue the use of human flaggers at road crossings along a commuter train line. The flaggers are costly, and experts argued at a recent hearing that they do little to improve safety.
Russia-based Yandex has unveiled an autonomous-car pilot in Moscow. The Russian capital provided a good test course for the pilot car because of its high-volume traffic, dense pedestrian population and snowy road conditions, Yandex says.
Alphabet's Waymo has received permission from Arizona officials to begin offering an autonomous-vehicle ride-hailing service, much like Uber. Waymo has been testing the service in the Phoenix area since April.
President Donald Trump's call to increase fuel taxes to finance infrastructure improvements has the support of the American Trucking Associations. ATA recommends phasing in the increase in order to allow the economy and the trucking industry to adjust to it.
The use of enhanced electronic logging devices could help improve communication with remote software to pinpoint backhaul loads and prevent breakdowns, not just track drivers' hours of service. Future versions, or smart devices, can help track trends and improve labor costs.
Innovation in the supply chain is necessary and only occurs when the right thinking and plan are in place, says Kristi Montgomery of Kenco. She says several steps have to happen within the organization prior to innovation occurring, including breaking down silos and looking beyond costs.